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CB / HAM Radio vehicle instillation around Portland?

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by IheartSig, Sep 3, 2015.

  1. IheartSig

    IheartSig Beaverton Diamond Supporter Diamond Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Does anyone happen to know somewhere in the Portland metro or surrounding areas that installs CB / HAM radio equipment in vehicles?
     
  2. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    There was a cobra dealer out by the Safeway distribution center in Clackamas, not sure if they are still there. It's been a few years since I stopped there.
     
  3. John Gault

    John Gault clackamas county Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    That would be D & R..... They've been in that location for as long as I've been driving thru Clackamas.
     
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  4. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    Good to know. They were referred by the guy I use to go to in canyonville back when seven feathers truckstop was Fat Harvies. till he retired.
     
  5. CoastRange57

    CoastRange57 Western Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    No offense intended here I heart, because I truly think you are one of this sites great guys, if you are going to get into ham radio, ( and you should), installing antennas and radios is part of the process. I know with newer vehicles that can be problematic given newer vehicle interiors and all, especially for more permanent mounts. You might ask around for someone who has done it, or YouTube the process, pretty much everything is on there in one form or another.

    I have my radios installed in my 02 Explorer in pretty much a grab and go way. Just laying in the console, with good hard wiring going to the battery, and mag mount antennas with good sealed connectors all around. I can remove the entire package in about 60 to 90 seconds. Handhelds even faster.

    Trying to connect with my son on a house boat on Lake Billy Chinook tonight, he was just barely cracking the Mt Hood repeater, not enough to hold the FM modulation phone part open, even with a J pole antenna 20 feet up the house boat. Something about that 400 foot canyon wall.

    Good Luck !!
     
  6. IheartSig

    IheartSig Beaverton Diamond Supporter Diamond Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Thanks CoastRange57! You are absolutely correct about learning how to install the stuff and understand the wiring / antennas etc. I was hoping to find someone who could professionally install a CB deck into my truck so it looked good. I lack the fabrication skills to make it look neat. As for the HAM portion, I'm still in the early stages of figuring them out and I am going to take my test in October hopefully.
     
  7. CoastRange57

    CoastRange57 Western Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I would look at one of the remoter mount units. Mount the transmitter under the seat and just have the mic and control head up. These do take possibly seat removal and some trim removal to run antenna wires. You might check with a good reputable stereo installation center. Pretty much the same thing.
     
  8. Oathkeeper1775

    Oathkeeper1775 Coast Range Well-Known Member

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    Some ideas...even if you pay.

    Those cross-over shelves (JC Whitney) that run from each visor mount can hold a lot. You can remount the visors on the bottom of the shelf if you want. Some come with rifle racks.

    My KD700 has a remote monitor so the radio is on the right and the monitor is mounted on the edges of the shelf above the steering wheel. My CB is in the center, still plenty of room for the wiring, noise reducer, mikes, and frankly way too much junk.

    Its been on my truck since 1998, 273K+ miles ago....much of it off highway.

    I drilled the ham antenna into the roof two years ago; I was 100% cautious, but the hot metal bits fell and burned a small hole in the head-liner, but I never look anyway. I have to watch the limbs when I drive through our public jungles.

    I added a small remote speaker that is located right above my left ear, and I added a second battery; powered by an isolator so the radios, fog lights, & the inverter cannot drain the main battery.
     
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  9. mkwerx

    mkwerx Forest Grove, OR Well-Known Member

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    If you're still looking - I think Day Wireless in Milwaukie does radio installs still. I've worked for a handful of companies that had them install radios in our cars / trucks.

    There was a company in downtown PTLD - I think it was called NW Communications - on Glisan and I want to say 14th/15th that programmed / installed the radios in a couple of the trucks in our current fleet.
     
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  10. CoastRange57

    CoastRange57 Western Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Day Wireless would be a good choice. I think they are still the Motorola dealer for the area. Used to be Clackamas Communications back in the days before cell phones took radio out. I bought a UHF system for my business back in the 80's from them.
     
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    sobe911 Portland Member

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    I'm self taught. It's pretty fun and easy to learn about. Professional installers all overcharge
     
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  12. IheartSig

    IheartSig Beaverton Diamond Supporter Diamond Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    This is a perfect idea and something I hadn't though of. Thanks Oathkeeper1775! My hesitancy came from cutting into the dash to place the units, there's room but Id want it clean. That shelving unit would allow me to run wires myself and mount them where I wanted. Sounds like a weekend project is in my future!
     
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